A blacksmith must always strike while the iron is still hot because that’s the right time to shape it in the way he considers favourable. As the iron cools, an excellent opportunity is lost. Consider yourself as the blacksmith, and your life, the iron. We often get consumed with the chaos around us, forgetting how to truly live, putting all our faith and energy in a future we cannot control.
Here’s how carpe diem could be more than just a phrase for you :
While you’re so busy trying to prepare to start living one day, when will you actually start doing it? There’s always going to be that meeting to go to, that essay to submit or a myriad of other things you feel the need to get done, but you missed the biggest thing on your to-do list, which is to live. Stop existing, and wake up every morning considering this life to be a miracle, because you don’t know where life might take you. Sophia Amoruso, a self-made millionaire, who turned an eBay shop into a thriving lifestyle industry, once said If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, “Hey, can I have that?”
It’s not just the healthy diet, fancy job and those intense workouts that should be your end goal. You would live a long life, but you would experience a really short one. Take a step back. Miss that workout and climb a mountain instead, eat the most exotic thing off the menu instead of the salad you always order, because taking chances is the only way to make this life better than what it was. Some of the greatest inventions that wove their way into our daily lives were results of individuals from Thomas Edison to Mark Zuckerberg doing something that they didn’t do every day, but disrupting their daily thought process. If they can, what is stopping you?
Cinderella might have said it, but the power of kindness holds power outside the tales as well. Replace the word fear, with courage. Excuses will never get you to where you are but pushing yourself will. It’s always going to be easy to live a life filled with excuses, and negativity because humility and courage never come easy, but they will always be worth it in the end.
Do something small for someone else, and you will experience a feeling much greater than that. There is always going to be something or someone to be thankful for, so go ahead and express it! The most organic form of happiness is the one that evokes from spreading it to others.
Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, is what led James Collins towards the epitome of living a meaningful life. Never stop the dream, but start living it as you finish reading this. You are the writer of your own life, so keep on living, and keep on writing, because the greatest story ever told, didn’t come out of boredom, or fear, but simply someone who wanted to make a difference.
Drop what is holding you back, and dissolve that resistance between who you are and who you could be. Take a step out of your home, and travel across the globe to influence lives. Easier said than done?
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The timing is just right, strike the iron, because you do not what a second beyond the moment you’re living in might look like.